August 24, 2008 – Louisiana: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed August 24-August 30, 2008 as Public Safety through Code Compliance Week in the state, and cites the Institute for Building Technology and Safety’s work in helping to implement the first statewide uniform building code.
Jindal’s proclamation commends IBTS for its work to “promote public safety” and build a “stronger and safer Louisiana by delivering on-the-job training and a certification assistance program for building code enforcement personnel of the 11 most affected parishes.” The proclamation also recognizes IBTS’s commitment to ensuring long-term capacity in the communities it serves. “Jurisdictions are becoming self-sustainable through the knowledge transferred by IBTS,” Jindal wrote.
IBTS has been working in Louisiana since 2006 to help Parishes and other local governments implement the statewide building code. IBTS’s expertise in code compliance, experience in training technical staff, and ability to mobilize large numbers of certified personnel nationwide have led to ongoing relationships in Louisiana.
In addition to code compliance and technical training efforts being performed under contract with the State to work within the 11 parishes most affected by the 2005 Hurricanes, IBTS is currently working directly with 18 parishes and more than 12 municipalities on a range of technical and building department related services.
“We are honored by the special recognition from Governor Jindal,” said IBTS Chief Executive Officer Ashok Goswami. “More important, we commend Governor Jindal for his commitment to enhancing public safety through code compliance. IBTS remains equally committed to supporting these types of efforts in whatever ways we can.”